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Apple's "iWatch" rumoured to be delayed to early 2015

Published on Jul 30, 2014 2:37 PM
An iWatch concept by Hungarian freelance designer Gábor Balogh. -- PHOTO: GABOR BALOGH

Apple's highly anticipated smart watch, dubbed the "iWatch" or "iBand", may not be unveiled in October as previously expected.

Taipei-based TPK - a longtime supplier of touch components for Apple - pushed back its earlier forecasts of profit increase from the third quarter, to the last quarter of the year during a corporate conference held last week, according to Taiwanese newspaper UDN. This means that the smart watch will not go into mass production in the third quarter as anticipated, but is expected to begin in the fourth quarter. This production shift pushes any launch into early 2015.

TPK has been touted to be building the touch modules for Apple's rumoured smart watch. According to AppleInsider, TPK is one of the few companies that has the ability to build touch modules that do not need additional sensors to register touches thereby allowing smaller and slimmer designs.

The Apple "iWatch" is rumoured to be have a flexible touchscreen display in a bracelet design with biometric sensors and connects to iOS mobile devices.

This latest news fits with comments from well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the production of Apple's "iWatch" has been pushed back to November. While there is still a likelihood that the smart watch might be unveiled in October, it might mean limited quantities during the initial launch.